Got batteries? Outage stalls giant tech show in Las Vegas

Joanna Estrada
January 13, 2018

Peterbilt Motors Company packed up Model 579, flush with autonomous technologies, and headed west to the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in LAS VEGAS, the largest electronics show in North America and the launch pad for new technology products.

Innovative modes of transport are also expected to play a big role in the show this year, from an electric auto created to seat just one person, the Solo from Canadian firm Electra Meccanica, to the world's smallest underwater scooter, the Sublue WhiteShark Mix. "Even without power, #CES2018 still can't match the flawless black of an #LGOLEDTV".

Attendees reported on social media that power was restored about two hours later.

On Las Vegas' physical streets, traffic crawled on Tuesday as thousands of CES attendees shuttled between hotels and conference venues in heavy rain.

The power outage hit shortly after 11am on the second day of CES. Both large and smaller ones rely on the annual trade show to ink deals that will translate to cash months in the future; the blackout disrupted some of the product demos, panels and meetings key to those deals.

Not all technology at the show immediately came back to life, however. "The most popular exhibits, however, are from our companies like Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics that display the most advanced technologies". The CES official Twitter account said Nevada Power was addressing the outage, and access to the show was being restricted until power could be restored. Sony, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm and LG are among the companies with bigger booths in the convention center's Central Hall, the area that was most affected and evacuated during the blackout.

Some false info. Event staffer #CES2018 who told me power was down in all halls at LVCC was wrong.

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